Fishing looks easy, to the outside observer. But any serious fisherman knows that there is an art to fishing. You have to know when to go, what kind of lure to use, and what to do while you wait for them to bite your hook. Here are some fishing tips that will make all of that easier to figure out.
A good fishing tip is to use a line weight that is as light as possible, but will still allow you to safely reel in your fish. If the line is visible and heavy, that means that it is a thick line. You want the right weighted line for the kind of fish you are trying to catch.
Be prepared before you head out to fish. Plan to be in the water for a few hours and bring the necessary tools with you. This can include a lunch, some sunscreen, a few drinks, extra fishing line and hooks, and the tools you need to make simple repairs to your rod and reel. If you don’t do this, you might find that you have to leave your favorite spot before you have a chance to catch even one fish.
During the winter months you should use a sinker when fishing. By adding extra weight to your line, the bait will go deeper into the water. Fish like to stay in deeper, warmer water during winter time, so you’re more likely to catch something if you use a sinker. The weight of sinkers on your fishing line will depend on the depth of water.
When planning a fishing trip, be sure to pick the right location. For example, if you’re fishing in the winter, you’ll want to seek out tailwaters such as the Snake River or the Great Lakes tributaries, and in the spring, reservoirs are ideal. With a little location research, your trip is sure to be a success.
Bass fishing is a good place to start for a novice. Bass are known for being easier to catch because they are likely to go for the bait and are easier to handle. Even when you become an expert on bass fishing, you may still want to do it, as the fight they put up can make your fishing experience exciting.
If you are concerned about the conservation of fish, then you could always catch them, and release them back into the water. Many people employ this method of fishing because it saves the lives of the fish, and it increases the chances that there will always be plenty of fish to catch.
When you are choosing your fishing rod, be sure the eyelets that hold the line are smooth. They should not have any kind of abrasive feel. Any roughness with the line could cause it to weaken or to snap at that vital point when you have caught that big fish.
Before you pull a fish in for the final catch, you should be sure to get your hands nice and wet. This will keep the fish’ skin moist. This is particularly helpful if you practice catch and release.
Make yourself aware of any fishing laws that are in effect where you want to fish. While some areas may not let you fish in a certain river or lake, others may prohibit certain bait. If you don’t know, have a talk with local government officials.
A clinch knot is great to use for your line or hook to your line. Just put the tip of the line through the end of your hook, and then turn the line five times prior to passing the end right through the eye. Pull the end of the line through the loop tightly to complete the knot.
No matter your experience level, feel optimistic and upbeat when you fish. Fishing can be very frustrating, but a bad attitude will only make your fishing trip a lot worse. If it has been a while since you’ve felt your line jerk, avoid the temptation to start thinking negatively.
So you have decided you want to take up fishing as a hobby. When you are just starting with fishing, you should keep your equipment pretty simple. It depends on what you are type of fish you are fishing for when it comes to equipment. Most beginners start with lightweight tackle. The essential beginner’s equipment should include a rod and reel, 12 lb. test line, small and medium sized hooks (for live bait fishing), a couple of bobbers, a few artificial lures, some sinkers, a pair of pliers, a net, and a pocket knife. Don’t forget to check your state’s laws to see if you need a fishing license for the body of water where you plan on fishing.
Keep these tips in mind the next time you’re out fishing so that it is easier to get the fish to bite your hook. Use them as more ideas in your tackle box that you can use to catch more fish. Fishing can be an art, but you have to catch some too!